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Overview Why and how should we fear God? How does fearing God lead to joy? Trusted author Jerry Bridges gives you a surprising and revealing look at what the Bible says about God's incredible holiness, deep wisdom, and especially His inspiring love. You'll make the startling discovery that the fear of the Lord, far from being something to avoid, is the key to joyful, fulfilling, and genuine intimacy with God.
Publishers Description How can fear lead to joy? Isn't the fear of the Lord kind of old-fashioned? After all, Christians are supposed to love God and live in intimate relationship with Him. What kind of relationship can you have with someone you fear? A great one asserts Jerry Bridges, as he unpacks the biblical promise that God "delights" in those who fear Him. In "The Joy of Fearing God, " trusted author, Jerry Bridges gives you a surprising and revealing look at what the Bible says about why Christians should fear God. As he examines the awesome greatness of God--His incredible holiness, deep wisdom, and inspiring love--Bridges provides a deeper understanding of who God is and what it means to have a biblical fear of God. You'll make the startling discovery that the fear of the Lord--far from being something to avoid--is the key to joyful, fulfilling, and genuine intimacy with God. It's something that can change your relationship with God--and your life Discover the surprising joy of fearing God
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Jerry Bridges (born December 4, 1929, Tyler, Texas, United States) is an evangelical Christian author, speaker and staff member of The Navigators. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold more than one million copies. His devotional Holiness Day By Day garnered the 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award for the inspiration and gift category, and The Discipline Of Grace received a similar award in 1995 for the Christian living category.
Bridges earned his undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Oklahoma before serving as an officer in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He joined Christian discipleship organization The Navigators in 1955, where he served as administrative assistant to the Europe Director, office manager for the headquarters office, Secretary-Treasurer of the organization, and as Vice President for Corporate Affairs before moving to a staff development position with the Collegiate Mission.
His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies.
Jerry Bridges currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.
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Great for small group discussion Nov 23, 2008
Really enjoyed the study questions at the end, and they lended themselves to some great small group biblical discussion.
Recommended Jun 3, 2006
THE JOY OF FEARING GOD by Jerry Bridges is an excellent book on an often over-looked topic in modern Christianity. In the first chapter he states his premise clearly: "There was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people. This was a badge of honor. But somewhere along the way we lost it. Now the idea of fearing God, if thought of at all, seems like a relic from the past. That's to our detriment. The fear of God is actually as relevant today as it was in bygone generations" (1). In the remaining fourteen chapters he defines, describes, and illustrates what it means for Christians to individually and corporately to fear God in their lives. Chapter titles include "Beyond Measure, Beyond Compare" describing God's greatness, "Transcendent Majesty" describing God's holiness, "He Is Lord" describing God's sovereignty, and "He Is Worthy" describing how essential the fear of the Lord is in our worship.
Fear God? Yes! May 5, 2006
The joy of fearing God is such an alien expression to many of us. It was to me before reading this book. The expression "fear God" is all over the bible, and yet I thought of fear of God in negative terms. Not anymore.
In this book Jerry Bridges digs deep into the bible to prove beyond a doubt that our greatest joy and fulfillment can only be found in a healthy fear of God. It does not mean that we should always be cowering waiting for the smiting hand of an angry, celestial father who delights to abuse his children. Bridges thesis rests on the fact that God is so huge, awesome, holy, and other than us that most of the people who encountered and loved Him in the bible were brought to their knees in awe. We have lost this awe. Bridges sets out to show us why that is a bad thing and how to solve the problem.
Read this book for an often missing perspective that is sorely needed in the Church today.
Very Good Book Apr 26, 2006
This book really puts into perspective who we are and who our Creator is. Jerry uses a lot of Scripture which is why this book was so convicting of how we draw close to our Maker. He draws out the correct view of the fear of God and not how some others see their god, such as the Muslims. They literally fear Allah in an unhealthy way where He will smite them at any time.
Our fear of our Jehovah, is a reverential fear that is brought forth in this book. Very easy read, but don't make the assumption that because it is an easy read that it is not full of theological insight and depth. Highly recommended!
A thriller for the christian Jun 10, 2003
The beauty of this book is that it is so down to earth about matters that are so lofty and beyong human understanding. Bridges writes in an easily digestible manner. Relating the fear of God through scriptures and short stories and even points to some helpful devotional-like activities to help worship this fear-inspiring God. This book does not address the issue of fear of God's wrath because the book makes it quite clear this is not a "godly" fear of God. Bridges gets the reader in touch with a sovereign, loving, merciful, immeasurably immense God whom we should trust, love and fear because of his soveriegnty, love, mercy, and immensity... NOT because of his wrath.